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Mrs. Kostyra's Mac and Cheese

Martha was fond of her grandmother's unusual mac n' cheese, which included tomato soup and sour cream. In this version, Martha and her mom give it a more traditional spin.

  • Servings: 6
Mrs. Kostyra's Mac and Cheese


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for baking dish
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for water
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 3 cups grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • Sour cream, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 2 1/2-quart casserole dish; set aside.

  2. Warm the milk and tomato paste in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, cheddar cheese, and 1/2 cup Swiss cheese; set the cheese sauce aside.

  3. Cover a large pot of salted water, and bring to a boil. Cook until pasta is al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain well in a colander. Stir macaroni into reserved cheese sauce.

  4. Pour mixture into prepared dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, and dot with butter. Bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 45 minutes. Serve hot with sour cream, if desired.

Reviews (4)

  • quessy christian 28 Sep, 2013

    This Mac & cheese has become a family tradition not only for me but for my daughter in law.
    It is delicious and very easy to make.
    I recommend it highly!
    Thanks Martha

  • hsocken 17 Jul, 2012

    I thought this was just okay. (Although I made this for a family dinner and my brother was thrilled that I let him take home the leftovers- he loved it!).
    I found it to be a little dry, and probably could have used a bit more salt.

  • Maurilia 27 Mar, 2008

    Tasty Mac

  • mamaof3boyz 27 Dec, 2007

    If it is "Big Martha's" recipe I'm trying it. Everything she made looked so delicious!!!! She will be missed!

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